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Evil Empire #4
Boom! Studios
Words: Max Bemis
Pictures: Andrea Mutti

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I finally got caught up with Evil Empire, and wow, I’m glad I did.  Writer Max Bemis has created a supercharged, weird, but frighteningly possible near future that takes you by the hand, leads you down the path, then, with both hands on your shoulders,  shoves you against the wall and says, “See this?  This could be your reality, so pay attention!” 

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Steed And Mrs. Peel: We’re Needed #2
Boom! Studios
Words:  Ian Edginton
Pictures:  Marco Consentino

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This issue brings us halfway through this fun little spy romp, and man is it a good time.  Whether it’s Steed tripping a near-do-well with his umbrella, or Mrs. Steed going toe to toe, or should I say knife to desk drawer, with a homicidal house maid, there’s plenty to like here. 

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Pop #1
Dark Horse Comics
Words:  Curt Pires
Pictures:  Jason Copland
Colors: Pete Toms

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These days, pop music stars are equally loved and vilified.  They are packaged, primed, and presented to the world, not as people, but basically as soulless commodities that are to be used to generate copious amounts of money and then thrown away and replaced with the latest model.  Pop takes that conceit, and pushes it further. 

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Sundowners #1
Dark Horse Comics
Words: Tim Seeley
Pictures: Jim Terry
Colors: Sean Dove

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They say you have to be crazy to put on a costume and fight crime.  Who’s “They”?  It doesn’t matter, trust me, They say it.  Writer Tim Seeley says, “Wait a minute… What if they are?  Crazy that is?” (Ok that’s not an actual quote from Tim Seeley, it’s more a rhetorical set up using an assumed quote for the purposes of this review.  Play along.)

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So we’re a couple of days late on this one, but I think it’s worth it.  This week, Kevin and I thought it’d be fun to talk about one of our obsessions, MMA.  There’s been a lot of buzz lately coming from the world of MMA so we thought, hey, let’s talk about it.  But instead of just the two of us chatting about it, we thought it might be a good idea to have someone who actually knew a thing or two about Mixed Martial Arts on the show.  So we called up our friend Dan Hornbuckle.  Dan is a professional Mixed Martial Artist.  That means he gets paid to punch people in a cage.  He also runs his own Martial Arts/Physical Fitness/Sports Instruction Academy, the American Top Team Warhawks.  We’ve known Dan for a few years now and have been fans of his even longer.  So we asked Dan for insight into PED (performance enhancing drugs) in the sport, his take on “The Scuffle” between UFC Champ Jon “Bones” Jones and Daniel Cormier, and a bunch of other random stuff.

This episode is a bit longer than normal, and honestly, could have been twice as long because Dan is quite simply a cool dude. 

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The Last Broadcast #4
Archaia/Boom! Studios
Words: Andre Sirangelo
Pictures: Gabriel Iumazark

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Comics are a lot of things.  Flights of fancy; tales of the fantastic; escapes from the mundane.  But what all comics have in common is the medium of Story and Art.  It’s this combination that is so appealing about this form of storytelling.  The Last Broadcast is a fabulous example of story and art coming together to become greater than its individual parts.

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Black Market #2
Boom! Studios
Words: Frank J. Barbiere
Pictures:  Victor Santos

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I’m not going to lie, I jumped into this book for two reasons… ok three reasons.  1) I liked the name, Black Market: 2) Frank J. Barbiere: 3) Victor Santos.  I didn’t even know the first thing about this book, but the creators alone were enough to draw me in, and I’m glad I gave it a read.

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BPRD Hell On Earth #122
The Broken Equation Part 1
Dark Horse
Words: Mike Mignola and John Arcudi
Pictures: Joe Querio
Colors: Dave Stewart

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It’s the end of the world.  Quite literally.  Giant monsters of unknown origin are rampaging across the land.  And the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense seems to be running thin on answers and defense at this point.  And this makes as good an entry point for new readers as any. (Besides, it says so right on the front cover.)

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Witchfinder: The Mysteries of Unland #3
Dark Horse
Words: Kim Newman and Maura McHugh
Pictures: Tyler Cook
Colors: Dave Stewart

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Our hero, Sir Edward Grey, the Witchfinder, is now neck deep in the mysteries of Unland. In what started out as a murder investigation he felt was a bit beneath his skill set, Edward has found himself a bit too much in his element on this one. Newman and McHugh have developed, at least in my head, a very HP Lovecraftian tale reminiscent of Dagon.

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So we’re shuffling some things around with our schedule in order to get you this week’s podcast.  I know, it’s a bit unorthodox, but we’re really excited about this week’s podcast and guest.  How excited? Katy Perry at a water park excited.

 

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So, yeah. We’re excited. We won’t be talking about Katy Perry. We’re going to be talking MMA with our friend Dan Hornbuckle. If you don’t know who Dan is, check this out…

Yeah. So stay tuned, and pay attention. Episode 018 will be here Thursday.